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BAZINGA! Found the right studying method!
April 30, 2013
10:46
TheSardinianPolyglot
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Today, I can say that I got my first real milestone of language learning, finding the right method. Before I was not realizing that I was using the wrong method, because I didn't analyze at all what really I was doing.
I may have not reached "fluency" in a language that I'm studying, but I reached a somewhat of a checkpoint, that, it's a real success for me.
I am writing this for everyone here that keeps trying to start to really learn a language and doesn't really know why or, more precisely, where he/she is doing something wrong, not analyzing correctly. I really have to thank Benny a lot for the inspiration and motivation he gave to me (and I hope a lot of other language lovers).
Thanks for reading, and I hope, if you were in my same situation, that you will come out as I did, analyzing well and correct mistakes in the method of learning (not studying).

Native: Italian Fluent: Sardinian English Conversational (Intermediate): Spanish Upper Basic (Almost Intermediate): Catalan Mandarin Chinese Basic: Vietnamese

April 30, 2013
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Do you mind sharing a little more on your Eureka-moment? laugh What did you realize you were doing wrong etc.

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May 9, 2013
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It is interesting that different people have different "methods" of learning a language that work best for them.... So visual, some audio, etc. What methods work best for you, Sardinian?

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May 9, 2013
14:28
TheSardinianPolyglot
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Sorry for being a "bit" (a lot) late in answering to your questions, but I've been away for School reasons (you know, the last bloody month of May...) and today I'll answer everyone (finally)! So first aleksi_, that has been waiting from the 30th of April (sorry dude XD)
Aaaaaaand dadadada!: Guess what I was doing wrong: Everything. I was just "trying" to learn a language by studying of grammar and then trying to use it in reading even a simple text, it was a tremendous mess, I could only understand a few word I saw in the grammatical lesson, and some grammatical rules, that were just occupying space in my mind and draining enthusiasm and motivation towards the language, then, almost magically, in my Youtube homepage I found a video of Benny the Irish polyglot at a TEDx show, explaining how he learned languages in a fast and "light" way. I did 1 month of trial with this mixed system of studying, that seemed even to work in the first weeks, but no, it was just an illusion... (ugh.. right in the motivation!) I was almost going to resign to learning languages, when, having nothing to loose, I just re-tried this hybrid method, but, organizing the studies, having, instead of an approach of grammar firstly, an approach of text and words firstly and then, and ONLY THEN grammar, everything took in a strictly relaxed way. Actually it worked, and pretty damn well. In 1 week I reached an A level in Esperanto (this is even due to my Latin native languages, nothing monstrous), I learned to read and write Arabic in a basic way (well, this one in 1,5 weeks ;) ), and I introduced myself into Mandarin Chinese (still ongoing, I started this week with Chinese) including writing.
So, this is my story. For any questions you can contact me via PM or threads started by me, and I'll answer faster ;)
Hope this will help someone that was stuck like me. Yours, Matteo

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June 7, 2013
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The most important thing in language learning is MOTIVATION and the second is THE TEACHER which of course would include the teachers methodology and quality of his/her content.

You will need all three.  Books, classes (On Line is fine), and one on one with a tutor.  Think SKYPE 

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June 10, 2013
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TheSardinianPolyglot
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I'm trying to overcome the "Teacher problem" with Assimil courses, they're much cheaper, and much more affordable for me.
I'm trying it with Mandarin Chinese, and it's going very well for now.

Native: Italian Fluent: Sardinian English Conversational (Intermediate): Spanish Upper Basic (Almost Intermediate): Catalan Mandarin Chinese Basic: Vietnamese

June 30, 2013
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Break Out Of Academic Spanish said
The most important thing in language learning is MOTIVATION and the second is THE TEACHER which of course would include the teachers methodology and quality of his/her content.

You will need all three.  Books, classes (On Line is fine), and one on one with a tutor.  Think SKYPE 

William Murphy

Author of     Break Out Of Academic Spanish Now.com

 

I agree with this statement, it's extremely important to be able to connect to a tutor (and one that is in your target country is even better)! 

 

I've been using Chalksy.com to connect to Spanish tutors (and I've been learning Photoshop too, but that's beside the point...). I'd highly recommend it, you can find some awesome deals on tutors there.

 

I'd also recommend Duolingo to pick up vocab. 

 

Good luck to EVERYONE!

 

 

Currently on a Spanish learning journey. Contact me if you'd like to speak Spanish on Skype. I use Chalksy.com and Duolingo.com. 

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